101542: An Exploratory Investigation Into the Erroneous Cognitions of Pathological and Social Fruit Machine Gamblers

About the Course:

Although the literature concerning the association between irrational thinking and gambling continues to grow, a number of methodological problems raise questions about the validity of such findings. The present research examined the cognitions and beliefs of a small convenience sample of pathological (n = 5) and social (n = 5) fruit machine gamblers using a within- and between-subjects design, employing the think-aloud method, the Gambling Beliefs Questionnaire, and a semi-structured interview.

Journal/Publisher:

Journal of Gambling Issues

Publication Date:

Issue 19, January 2007

Author

Crawford Moodie

About the Author:

Crawford Moodie is a gambling researcher within Glasgow Caledonian University and is one of the few gambling researchers in Scotland. He has recently conducted large-scale youth and adult gambling studies spanning the length and breadth of Scotland.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about erroneous cognitions of fruit machine gamblers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify problems with prior research into erroneous cognitions related to gambling behavior, including limitations of instruments, sample, and method.

  2. Describe the methodology of the published study, including design, participants, materials, and procedure.

  3. Explain study results, including types of statements made while gambling, scores made on the Gambling Beliefs Questionnaire, and answers given in the interview process.

  4. Discuss conclusions that could be drawn from the investigation regarding the role cognitive errors may play in gambling behavior.

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